After a much-needed short break I am back with the 2nd post of Should I buy? Returning Items series which covers all of the game items that have been reintroduced from the 2012 Halloween event. The first was on the returning characters and can be found here. Now I want to cover the buildings that have been offered again. Again, I think EA deserves credit for bringing back so much of the previous event for those who were not able to get the items. This move was completely unexpected and I think it shows that they are listening. BUT, I would advise against holding off on any of these items this time around. If there’s something specific that you wanted I’d get it now if I were you as I do not see any of this being offered a third time. To assist you the best way I can I’m going to break each one down for you. This is just my opinion, you may have another opinion on a specific item and I urge you all to submit that in the comments below. (Note: The images have been extracted by me personally from the files, with a big thanks to JimmyD for showing me how. I am not watermarking our name or mine as they are not mine and are the property of EA and it’s affiliates)
Let’s get started shall we?
Bad Dream House
The Bad Dream House comes to us from the very first Treehouse of Horrors episode airing October 25th, 1990. It appeared in the first short of the episode titled after itself. The Simpsons move into a new house that they received at a steal of a price and soon after realize something evil lurks within. Maybe it’s the vortex in the kitchen, or the fact that it was built on an Indian burial ground or maybe it’s due to the fact that when the family sleeps the house brainwashes them all into killing each other. That is all of them except Marge who eventually fights back by giving the house some lip. After it is explained to the house that it is going to have to accept the family living there, like it or not, the hose decides it would rather die than house the Simpsons and ends up imploding into nothingness.
Jobs: None (when it was originally offered it came with a short quest in which residents of Springfield were sent to spend the night to be brainwashed)
Income: 500, 45 every 24 hours
Action Quote: “Scaring Unsuspecting Guests”
Size: 9 X 9 squares
Animation: Yes. Colored lights shine out of the windows.
Can be sold: No
Reward: 85 upon build. Improves your Indolence rating.
Summary: The Bad Dream House is an interesting building. While it does not come with any characters nor does it have any jobs or quests it does produce much-needed income year round. It also helps your Indolence rating which allows you to at least have a unique building other than the standard array of houses. To me this means at least it contributes in its own way. The animations for it are decent however it is only available with the event if someone haunts it. For those who only buy building/character combos obviously this isn’t for you but for those nostalgic tappers it is a decent buy for the fact that it is from the very first Halloween episode. That value almost makes up for where it’s lacking with available jobs for it.